The Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force recently launched a Statement of Principles for a green economic recovery that says we cannot return to business as usual. Instead, we must strive to build a better, more sustainable, more resilient and more equitable society out of our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Almost 40 cities from around the world have endorsed the statement.
C40’s strategy to support our cities and their residents as they recover from COVID-19 will be governed by 9 principles focused on promoting equity, enhancing public services, creating jobs for a new economy, and improving resilience to protect against future threats, and more.
C40 mayors have united to launch the Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force to rebuild our cities & economies in a way that improves public health, reduces inequality and addresses the climate crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted the world’s cities. It is not just a global health crisis, but a social and economic crisis, the effects of which will be felt for years to come.
It is clear that the harm caused by COVID-19 has not been equitable. We, as leaders of major cities across the globe, are clear that our ambition should not be a return to ‘normal’ – our goal is to build a better, more sustainable, more resilient and fairer society out of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
The Task Force’s joint strategy to support the recovery of our cities and their residents from COVID-19 will be governed by these principles:
1. The recovery should not be a return to ‘business as usual’ – because that is a world on track for 3°C or more of over-heating;
2. The recovery, above all, must be guided by adherence to public health and scientific expertise, in order to assure the safety of those who live in our cities;
3. Excellent public services, public investment and increased community resilience will form the most effective basis for the recovery;
4. The recovery must address issues of equity that have been laid bare by the impact of the crisis – for example, workers who are now recognised as essential should be celebrated and compensated accordingly and policies must support people living in informal settlements;
5. The recovery must improve the resilience of our cities and communities. Therefore, investments should be made to protect against future threats – including the climate crisis – and to support those people impacted by climate and health risks;
6. Climate action can help accelerate economic recovery and enhance social equity, through the use of new technologies and the creation of new industries and new jobs. These will drive wider benefits for our residents, workers, students, businesses and visitors;
7. We commit to doing everything in our power and the power of our city governments to ensure that the recovery from COVID-19 is healthy, equitable and sustainable;
8. We commit to using our collective voices and individual actions to ensure that national governments support both cities and the investments needed in cities, to deliver an economic recovery that is healthy, equitable and sustainable;
9. We commit to using our collective voices and individual actions to ensure that international and regional institutions invest directly in cities to support a healthy, equitable and sustainable recovery.